West Ham United need to find a new manager who can build something long-term at the club.
That’s according to Hammers hero Dean Ashton.
West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold told Claret & Hugh last week that David Moyes would be the manager next season regardless whether he keeps the Irons up.
That has not gone down well with West Ham fans, many of whom did not want Moyes re-appointed in the first place.
Moyes has struggled to turn West Ham around
The Scot has failed to turn things around since taking over at the end of last year.
West Ham have won just two of the 10 league games Moyes has overseen since replacing Manuel Pellegrini.
And the Hammers are only outside the relegation zone by virtue of a slightly better goal difference than the bottom three.
In fact Moyes has the worst win percentage of any West Ham manager in history.
Speaking to The Daily Star, former Hammers striker Ashton has backed Moyes to keep the club up.
Ashton tells owners Hammers need new boss for long-term
But he says a new manager is needed for the long-term.
“When you see back-to-back relegations – as we’ve seen with Norwich before and with Sunderland recently – it’s generally because of poor financial planning,” Ashton told The Daily Star.
“It would be an absolute disaster for West Ham if they’re relegated this season, there’s no doubt about that. They have spent quite a bit of money and financially they would be in a difficult position…
“The next step for them is to find a manager who can really build something over the next four or five years.
“But for the moment, Moyes has lots of experience and I would still back him to keep them up.”
Difficult to make a case for Moyes
It is hard to argue with Ashton’s point.
Yes West Ham were slowly improving before the enforced break.
Moyes also made a couple of quality additions in the January window with the arrival of Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen.
But Sullivan and Gold did not feel Moyes was progressive enough for the club first time around.
And nothing has changed since.
Moyes has pledged to build a new-look West Ham team full of energy and based around young, hungry players like he did at Everton.
Perhaps that has persuaded the owners to give him time.
But relegation would surely change everything and keeping Moyes on would effectively be rewarding failure.